In the beginning...

Trip Start May 15, 2009
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Trip End Jun 07, 2009


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Monday, May 18, 2009

May 16, 2009
We arrived in Prague and got settled into the Hostel Tyn, which is conveniently located in the Old Town Square.  First things first...dinner at the brewery...
Jeff is thrilled with the cheap cost of beer here and has all of the breweries mapped out around town.  We milled around town for a little while before heading across the St. Charles Bridge to sneak a peek at the Prague Castle.  Undaunted by the steep climb to the castle, we passed by all sorts of restaurants and vendors...but mostly other tourists.  When we entered the gates to the castle we saw the huge St. Vitus Cathedral.  The buildings here are ornate, and not a spot is left uncarved on the face of the cathedral.  The sight is especially amazing at night, when the church is lit up.  We went back to the hostel to get some sleep for the next day.

May 17, 2009
Our first full day in Prague was a long one.  We got breakfast at a grocery store a few blocks from our hostel and ate by the river.  We made our way to the St. Nicholas Church 
where we were impressed with the artwork on the ceiling and the fancy pulpit.  From there we trekked up to the monastery  where we had a great view of the whole city.  We had lunch...guess where...another brewery.  We returned to the castle for a daytime view and got to see the changing of the guards.   The cathedral had beautiful stained glass windows...our pictures do them no justice.  From there we strolled back towards our hostel, stopping for a rest in the park. 

May 18, 2009
Today I talked Jeff into checking out the Jewish museums.  After our quest all over town in search of bagels (why couldn't we find them in the Jewish Quarter?) we saw a few synagogues and a Jewish cemetery that has 12,000 headstones in it and even more bodies. 
Back in those days the Jews were only allowed to be buried in that one spot, so they ended up burying people on top of each other.  We saw more churches, all very fancy, and then went in search of a post office...Jeff had to ask for directions four times...the city blocks here are not blocks, they are triangles, octagons, and any other polygon you could think of.  Jeff wants a beer now so we are signing off...we will write again from Rome! maybe.

Jeff's edits:
Ashley puked on the plane and I'm not a Nazi.
Slideshow Report as Spam
Where I stayed

Comments

ericfox
ericfox on

Awesome!
Thanks for posting this stuff, guys. Now I can keep an eye on you :) The photos are great.

bfox
bfox on

Vielen Dank!
It will be interesting to have the vicarious experience of traveling in Europe with you both! Thanks for sharing. Glad the beer is good and Ashley's tummy is settled!

pcrane
pcrane on

Already having fun!
Sounds like you're having a great time. Great idea posting a blog and pictures. I love it. Thanks for spending the time to share. Love, MOM

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